Stephen Oyedemi

May 22, 2017

Ibrahim Anoba: A Libertarian Thought on Individualism and African Morality

The individual in African philosophy mostly existed as a reflection of his community. He was seen as a product of his tribe less than he was an independent being. His birth and death were to satisfy the wishes of the gods on earth. Like many tribes in Africa, several cultures according to history put the individual as a unique creation with the purpose of happiness and self-realization. In traditional Africa, it was best that the individual remained a social being. This view of man as a societal element primarily applied to his identification as a member of a united community in pursuant of collective prosperity with regards for his individual happiness. However, the expansion of groups during territorial wars and migration, increased community populations while […]
May 8, 2017

AFRICA: APRIL 2017 UPDATE

ASFL – Kenya Campus Caravan of Liberty visits 3 more universities The Campus Caravan on issue based political dialogue in Kenya visited 3 more universities in April. Forums wereheld at Mount Kenya University, Main Campus (on 8th April), Scott University, Machakos (on 22nd April) and University of Nairobi, MSA Campus (on 29th April). The caravan endeavors to contribute to the creation of a society based on issues and not tribal politics as is the current situation in Kenya.   University of Ghana Liberty Forum The campus liberty train project, with support from Atlas Network organized a liberty forum at the University of Ghana on the 9th of April with 32 participants. This is the second university that will be visited under this project. The aim […]
April 12, 2017

Africa:
March 2017 Update

SFL Africa MARCH 2017 UPDATE First Set of Ugandan Local Coordinators Emerge, Organize Events In the month of March, ASFL welcomed its first set of Local Coordinators from Uganda. The youngsters swung to work with a tabling event at the University of Kisubi on March 17th, an Entrepreneurship Symposium on the 28th of March at Kyambogo University featuring Dr. Pythagoras Petratos as guest speaker. Also, they organized a National Entrepreneurship Conference on the 31st of March at Nkumba University with the team “Unlocking the barriers of economic prosperity for a free society” ASFL East African Regional Director on Radio The Regional Director of SFL for East Africa, Aimable Manirakiza was recently on Radio 10, Kigali, Rwanda to discuss the ASFL “Foundations of a Free Society” […]
March 15, 2017

Why African Countries Won’t Remain Poor

In a recent release by the Global Finance magazine, the poorest countries in the world in 2016 are predominantly African. ‘The World’s Richest and Poorest Countries’ ranked countries using GDP per capita adjusted for relative purchasing power. Unfortunately, this situation has been the trend for a long time and it appear as though there aren’t solutions. The paradox is that while Africa remains a continent with rich potentials, it is equally very poor. That the continent is rich in natural and human resources is no new story, from Uranium-rich Niger Republic and Copper-rich Zambia to the Oil and Gas rich Nigeria and Angola, resources and potentials are abundant, but the reality in terms of economic development is not commensurate with the resources. The terrible economic […]
March 10, 2017

Protests and Failure of Governments in Africa

This article is written by Hendrix NKAMICANIYE Hendrix, ASFL Local Coordinator in Burundi. In recent years, the African continent has recorded a number of large-scale protests, but unlike the surge of protests in the 1980’s and 1990’s which were largely pro-democracy movements against autocratic governments, the recent uprisings are largely an overt demand for public scrutiny and accountability in the internal affairs of the countries. The notion that democracy is the best form of government got assimilated quite fairly in Africa in the 1990s since it protects the human rights of citizens and stands for the will of the people. But today, many countries remain undemocratic and authoritarian.   African citizens of the time believed democracy would help them get rid of corrupt leaders and guarantee individual […]
March 8, 2017

Volunteer To Organize A Liberty Forum In Your School

Last month, ASFL Nigeria started a new initiative, the #CampusLibertyTrain with a forum at the Oduduwa University, Osun State, Nigeria. Through this initiative, we intend to organize Liberty Forums in a number of higher institutions in Nigeria, particularly in those with no pro-liberty groups. A Liberty Forum in this context is a gathering where students get to acquire basic understanding of liberty, become familiar with the ideas that lead to overall human flourishing and development and get empowered to be agents of change on their campuses and in the society at large. Participants of these forums will listen to speakers on topics covering liberty and African issues, engage in interactive sessions, debates and see documentaries. Opportunities available in the student liberty movement will also be […]
December 7, 2016

ASFL Write For Liberty Workshop at University of Ibadan

      Report by Gabriel Ogunjobi, 400L Student of Obafemi Awolowo University On the 25th and 26th of November, 2016, African StudentsFor Liberty (ASFL) organized a 2-day Write For Liberty Workshop which took place at the U.I Cooperative Building, University of Ibadan. The aim of the workshop was to educate, develop, empower and motivate pro-liberty students to write in defense of liberty in and outside their schools and local communities. 34 students from the University of Ibadan, Obafemi Awolowo University, University of Ilorin, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Federal University of Technology, Akure, Delta State University, and Ladoke Akintola Univeristy of Technology were engaged through series of lectures by various speakers at the maiden writing workshop. Olumayowa Okediran, SFL African Programs Manager who spoke […]
December 5, 2016

ASFL in Ajayi Crowther University Holds Inter-University Debate Competition

This event was organized and reported by ASFL Local Coordinator, Adedayo Adetayo and Gbenle Iyanuoluwa. On the 11th of November, 2016, Students For Liberty in Ajayi Crowther Univerity, Oyo, Oyo State, Nigeria organized an inter-university debate competition with the theme, “the impact of knowledge on the political leadership in Nigeria”. This is the first inter-school debate/conference hosted by the team of Students For Liberty in the university with support from Atlas Network. 180 students of the Ajayi Crowther University, and representatives from four (4) other invited universities participated in the event. The other schools present were Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Tai Solarin University of Education, Lead City University, and the University of Ibadan. Also present was the Vice -chancellor of the university, Rt. Rev. […]
November 30, 2016

ASFL-Burundi organizes Inter-University Competition

Report by ASFL Executive Board member, Aimable Manirakiza Students For Liberty (SFL) in Burundi recently completed its 2 months long inter-university competition in which 10 universities across the country participated. This  project which was funded by Network For A Free Society (NFS)  aimed at deepening the participants’ understanding of the principles and foundations of free societies. The project was divided into two parts: the intra-university competition and the inter-university competition. The Intra-University competition The competition, also known as the knowledge contest, was a question-and-answer game contest. It was based on 4 themes: liberty, free market, democracy and the foundations of a free society, with the basic theme being “The Principles and Foundations of a Free Society”. The competition took place between September and October in the 10 […]
November 22, 2016

Jungle Justice: A Human Rights Problem in Nigeria

This article was written by ASFL Local Coordinator, Odewale Abayomi Joseph. Based on the universal declaration of human rights, a few of the hallmarks of a society erected on the platform of liberty are: “everyone has right to life” and “no one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment”. While, “[those] charged with a penal offence has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty”. It is quite worrisome and inhuman going by painstaking observation of recurrent trends in Nigeria; hardly will a week pass without cases of mob attackers mercilessly pouncing on suspects. Wide practice of this primitive act in this age makes one wonder whether Nigeria is experiencing progression or retrogression. The recent cyberspace eruption […]
November 19, 2016

A report on ASFL Liberty and Leadership Forum in Abeokuta

This report was written by Executive Board member, Moronfolu Adeniyi. On Saturday 5th November, 2016, African Students for Liberty organized a Liberty and Leadership Forum for pro-liberty student leaders and local coordinators in Nigeria. This was to enable them meet one another, learn, develop their leadership capacities, and plan for the new academic year. The event was held at the conference room, Royal Green Guest House, Ibara G.R.A, Abeokuta, Nigeria. Over 40 participants were in attendance and there were lectures and discussions on very important topics such as Free Speech, Fund Raising, Financial Management, Events Benchmarking, Leadership, Time Management, Campus Regulations, Drug Policy, Open Borders, and Government Regulations. The event commenced with a Local Coordinator, Sodiq Alabi taking the audience through the vision and mission […]